Responsiveness starts – but does not end – with your WP Theme.
Every WP theme you see today screams, “Hey, I’m responsive and ready for the mobile world.”
Does this mean all you need to do is get a responsive theme, sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of your life? Nope. Were it that easy!
Here are a few things to check for even when you are using a responsive theme.
- Do touch commands – like pinch and zoom – work the way they should to re-size content?
- Is the tap area around a link big enough so that users won’t accidentally tap the wrong link?
- Can users access all links in your menus?
Be careful with these items which are not part of your theme but which may make your site non-responsive.
- Flash. Just forget abut it.
- PDFs. They are next to impossible to read because they don’t scale.
- Forms. Can users input the data easily?
Keep in mind that many plugins which add content or functionality to your site are not responsive.
What if you have an old custom theme that you won’t change but you need to make it responsive?
There are a couple of options, but try the WP Touch plugin which will transform most any theme so that it is responsive. It’s not a perfect solution, but it will do a decent job in a pinch.
Quick Checking To See If A Theme Is Responsive
Here’s Screenfly – which will show what your site LOOKS like in mobile, the only way to know for sure is to test, test, test!